The motto of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) is to serve and protect and the first picture one might gather is the officer with a gun strapped to his waist in pursuit of his/her mandate. That may be so but several officers of the GPF have shown
that they are quite capable of addressing their mandates devoid of firepower force when they turned in credible performances at the Pan American Martial Arts Games (PAMAG) at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue, Saturday afternoon last.
The ranks that represented the GPF were outstanding in several categories and Sensei Troy Bobb excelled in the Over 35 Kata, while Paul Ignatius placed first in 18-34 years category in self defence and kata. Constable 22377 Keston Peters placed 1st in self defence while his colleague W. 22510 McDonald excelled in sparring.
Other outstanding officers were Sensei Ignatius (weapons), Constables 22380 Simon (self defence), 22499 W. Thomas (sparring) and 22524 Hercules (sparring), all finishing in 2nd places while 3rd position was earned by Constable 22498 Thomas.
A release from the GPF informed that they are extremely proud of the performances of the ranks. The release further stated that those ranks will be given full support in their quest of advancing to the professional level.
Meanwhile, GPF Training Officer, Senior Superintendent Paul Williams, Sensei Troy Bobb, Paul Ignatius and Annand Mahadeo said that they are very proud of the magnificent performance of the recruits, all from the Felix Austin Police College, on their martial arts debut. Officer Williams is credited with the reintroduction of self defence which was dormant in the Force for almost three decades. Officer Williams noted that he had not effected changes all by himself. He also said that his efforts were supported by those of the administration.
In related developments, Superintendent Williams was also lauded for his input in the formation of the Guyana Police Force Rugby Club and was duly elected President. The club, which consists of both men and women teams, is registered with, and affiliated to, the Guyana National Rugby Union. Members are currently training in preparation for competition.
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